MORGANTOWN, W.Va. — When WVU staff were changing over the Blaney House from the Clements family for E. Gordon Gee only minor changes — such as touch up painting and replacing small amounts of carpet — were needed for the new resident.
“The house was in great shape,” said Robin Yory, Executive Director of University Events.
Crews had to recently change over the house after Jim Clements and his family left for Clemson University in South Carolina. E. Gordon has moved into the house as WVU’s newest president.
In total it cost about $94,000 to transform the house, Yorty said. Most of that money came from the WVU Foundation and was less than it has cost other presidents in the house.
When they need to change items in the house, WVU workers make the changes or necessary repairs, Yorty said. They also store items that aren’t being used so when new furniture is needed it is “shopping at home.”
Though there are some personal touches that are used in the house. Yorty said items from the WVU Art Museum are displayed in the house and Gee has placed his own photos throughout the facility. The university has also placed photos of Gee’s first stint at locations in the home.